SINGAPORE- The common thread among the 309 Myanmar-bound Singapore athletes for the Dec 11-22 SEA Games is the journey of self-discovery they all embarked on to find out how good they are in their chosen sports.
The Straits Times will be tracing some of these athletes' journeys - from their beginnings as diamonds in the rough to being well-trained competitors ready to battle for gold medals
The morning tranquillity along the Kallang Basin was broken by a loud bellow: "Ready, go!"
And on that command by national canoeing coach Balazs Babella, the men's K4 quartet began paddling furiously, with their boat slicing the water faster than even their coach's motor boat.
They crossed the finishing point, then looked towards Babella while catching their breath.
"Forty-three seconds. That's too fast for 250m," he said. "You guys have to conserve your strength.
"Start off so quickly and you'll not last the entire 1,000m for your competition."
As the team pondered upon his comments, a voice among them came loud and clear: "Rotation, guys. Come on!"
It was Bill Lee who paddles at the front of the four-man team who also comprise Lucas Teo, Tay Zi Qiang and Benjamin Low.
The most vocal of the quartet, he would often be heard spurring his team-mates on as they train every morning for the SEA Games.
The 28-year-old has a natural knack of articulating his thoughts.